Dispatches from Our Energy Future: Conversation with Leading Energy Journalists

September 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Atlantic Council headquarters, 1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Dispatches from Our Energy Future: A Conversation with Leading Energy Journalists
A conversation with:

Amy Harder
Energy Reporter

Steve LeVine
Future Editor
Dr. Akshat Rathi

Introduced and moderated by

David Livingston
Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. for a lively conversation on the future of energy and the role of innovation and new technologies.
In the year 2018, the world has never burned more fossil fuels, yet the world has never produced as much energy from renewable sources. The future, however, cannot be business as usual. To avoid catastrophic climate change, the global energy system must decarbonize more rapidly than any energy transition of the past. Should such a transition take place, what are the technologies, business models, and hidden stories that rise up in coming years? 
The discussion will feature three leading minds to shine a light on these future trends. Steve LeVine, a veteran journalist of geopolitics and energy and whose most recent book The Powerhouse is a deep dive into the race to build a super battery; Akshat Rathi, whose award-winning series The Race to Zero Emissions masterfully deconstructs the energy technologies our futures need; and Amy Harder, whose weekly column "Harder Line" reports trends, scoops, and news driving the energy and climate debate, will explore future scenarios for the energy sector.

Lunch will be served.

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1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

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Amy Harder covers energy and climate change for Axios, and writes a weekly column called Harder Line. In her column and elsewhere, she reports on trends and exclusive scoops, while also analyzing the news driving the nation’s debate about energy and climate. Her coverage includes congressional legislation, regulations, lobbying, and international policy actions affecting the US. She is also an inaugural journalism fellow at the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute.

Previously, she covered similar issues for The Wall Street Journal, based out of its Washington, DC, bureau. Earlier in her career, she also covered energy and other issues for National Journal, based in Washington, DC. She is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.

Steve LeVine is future editor for Axios, where he looks at the geopolitics, economics and social impact of robots, artificial intelligence, and new energy technology. Steve is also a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches energy security in the graduate level Security Studies Program. 

Previously, Steve was a foreign correspondent for eighteen years in the former Soviet Union, Pakistan, and the Philippines, running a bureau for The Wall Street Journal, and before that writing for The New York Times, the Financial Times and Newsweek. Before joining Axios, Steve was on the team that launched Quartz, where he served as Washington correspondent for four years.
The Powerhouse is Steve’s third book. In 2007, Random House published The Oil and the Glory, which chronicled the struggle for fortune and power on the Caspian Sea. BusinessWeek magazine selected it as a Top 10 book for the year. In 2008, Random House published Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the life and death of a half-dozen Russians. Both books are on numerous university reading lists.
Steve lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Nurilda, and their two daughters.

David Livingston is deputy director, climate and advanced energy, of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. 

He is also a fellow of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a course on energy for the University of Southern California (USC) program in Washington, DC.

Previously, Livingston served as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the US Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting assistant US trade representative for congressional affairs.

He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.

Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups. 

He earned a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MSc with distinction from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Akshat Rathi is a London-based reporter for Quartz, where he covers science, energy, and environment. He tells stories of the people and their ideas tackling the biggest problem facing humanity: climate change. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and a BTech in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.

In 2018, he won Journalist of the Year at the Drum’s Online Media Awards ceremony, he was a finalist for the John B. Oakes award for distinguished environmental journalism, and he was shortlisted for British Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers. Before that, he has won fellowships from Columbia University and City University of New York to enhance his reporting work. He currently serves on the advisory panel of the Cairncross Review on the sustainability of high quality journalism in the UK.

Previously, he was The Conversation’s science editor and has worked at The Economist and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His writings have also been published in Nature, The Hindu, The Guardian, Ars Technica, and Chemistry World, among others.